Pay­ing a bit­ter price for the sweet life

The Times (South Africa) - - News -

● The num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes has tripled since 2000, push­ing the global cost of the dis­ease to $850-bil­lion a year, med­i­cal ex­perts said on Tues­day.

The vast ma­jor­ity of those af­fected have type 2 di­a­betes, which is linked to obe­sity and lack of ex­er­cise, and the epi­demic is spread­ing par­tic­u­larly fast in poorer coun­tries as peo­ple adopt Western di­ets and ur­ban life­styles.

The lat­est es­ti­mates from the In­ter­na­tional Di­a­betes Fed­er­a­tion mean that one in 11 adults world­wide have the con­di­tion, which oc­curs when the amount of sugar in the blood is too high.

The to­tal num­ber of di­a­bet­ics is now

451 mil­lion and is ex­pected to reach 693 mil­lion by 2045 if cur­rent trends con­tinue.

The high price of deal­ing with the dis­ease re­flects not only the cost of medicines but also the man­age­ment of com­pli­ca­tions such as limb am­pu­ta­tions and eye prob­lems.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.